Engineering technologies and transforming the workplace - inspired by neurodiversity.
The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation, engineering technologies and transforming the workplace – inspired by neurodiversity, at the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering brings engineers, business scholars, and disabilities researchers together with experts in neuroscience and education to understand, maximize, and promote neurodiverse talent. From a strengths-based – as opposed to deficit-based – understanding of autism and neurodiversity, the Center sees opportunities for innovation in technology and in workplace practices.
As a first step in accessing employment supports for autistic adults provided by the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation, you will benefit most if you have a formal diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. In some cases, adults with an existing diagnosis may need a recent report signed by a licensed and certified professional.
An ongoing research study by Frist Center Fellow Tiffany Woynaroski, PhD, CCC-SLP, may be able to provide you with a free diagnostic evaluation. To be eligible for this research study, participants must be at least 18 years-old and either suspect that they may have autism spectrum disorder or have been previously diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Autism news and resources: from autistic people, professionals, and parents.
ASAN - Autistic Self Advocacy Network
"Nothing About Us Without Us"
This book is about what it means to be a part of the autistic community. Autistic people wrote this book. Some autistic people are just learning about their autism. We wanted to welcome them and give them a lot of important information all in one place.
This book talks about what autism is and how it affects our lives. It talks about our history, our community, and our rights. We wrote this book in plain language so that more people can understand it.
We wrote this book for autistic people, but anyone can read it. If you are not autistic, this book can help you support autistic people you know. If you are wondering whether you might be autistic, this book can help you learn more. If you are autistic, think you might be autistic, or if you want to better understand autistic people, this book is for you.
Welcome to the autistic community!
Your navigator on the path to community services.
The Vanderbilt Autism Resource Line is a single helpline to make it easier for families and professionals to find information about autism-related clinical, research, and outreach services at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The helpline serves families, caregivers, clinicians, educators, and others in need of autism-related resources at Vanderbilt.
You speak directly to the TRIAD Family Services Coordinator, Nina Harris, an experienced professional knowledgeable about autism resources including diagnostic evaluation services, school consultation, parent workshops, and professional training.
Local: (615) 322-7565
Toll-free: (877) ASD-VUMC (273-8862)
For information on autism resources external to Vanderbilt, contact Tennessee Disability Pathfinder.
Local: (615) 322-8529
Toll-free: (800) 640-4636
Autism Tennessee exists to enrich the lives and experiences of individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their surrounding community through support, advocacy, and education.
StudyFinder - Participate in Research Studies:
Much of the research completed at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is made possible by the generous contributions of time by people and families from the community who participate in research studies.
Services and Compensation:
Many of these studies offer compensation for participating either through monetary exchange or by providing services that you would otherwise have to pay for.
An opportunity to give your thoughts on how autism/ASD affects you!